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post #196 of 6073
Please, they had it out for him from the start.

How many SWAT teams contact news crews to show up with them during any other raid? They knew this guy wasn't going to resist with guns blazing, but they wanted to put on a show and make an example of him in front of the cameras. The unnecessary flashbang grenade entrance is almost funny in and of itself, when all they had to do was knock on the guy's door and arrest him like they did last time when he lit up a J at a marijuana rally in Philly a couple months ago. This guy is used to being arrested for his statements and beliefs and never physically resists, but that still doesn't stop the stormtroopers from looking for a chance to rough him up anyway.

So yeah, that's why I find all of this, every story pasted into this thread, as sickening.
post #197 of 6073
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Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

This guy is used to being arrested for his statements and beliefs and never physically resists, but that still doesn't stop the stormtroopers from looking for a chance to rough him up anyway.

Cops love their toys and will use them as often as possible no matter how unnecessary it is. I interned for a US Senator for awhile in college and helped write supporting statements for police departments' Homeland Security grant proposals. While some of them were for basic, fundamental equipment and training, a huge percentage were for SWAT toys for small town departments that probably haven't had any serious crime in years.
post #198 of 6073
Read more: http://q13fox.com/2013/07/10/shot-16-times-innocent-man-files-20-million-suit/#ixzz2Yr6mh0Sl

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SEATTLE — Lawyers for Dustin Theoharis, an Auburn man who was shot 16 times in his bed by a sheriff’s deputy and a DOC officer, say they are filing a $20 million lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections.

It comes on the heels of a scathing report calling for change in the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“Dustin just had his 12th surgery to reconstruct his jaw, which was basically shattered from one of the bullets,” Eric Heipt, one of the attorneys for Theoharis, said Wednesday.

The county recently agreed to pay him $3 million despite the finding that the shooting was justified.

A total of 16 bullets hit Theoharis in February 2012, when a King County sheriff’s deputy and a DOC officer opened fire on him while serving a search warrant at the Auburn home where he lived.

He wasn’t the man they were after, but officers claimed he reached for what they thought was a gun.

“Without a warrant, you shoot an unarmed man while he’s in his bed 16 times,” said Heipt. “I don’t know how you could possibly conclude that to be a justified shooting.”

That was one of the questions members of the King County Council had as they reviewed a critical report on the aftermath of the shooting.

The report was put together by Merrick Bobb, who is also overseeing reforms in the Seattle Police Department.

“I knew from the outset of this incident there needed to be a deeper review,” said Charles Gaither, the civilian overseer for the sheriff’s office. Gaither said there were several problems in how the investigation was handled.

The officers involved were not immediately interviewed, physical evidence was overlooked and moved, and the first responding supervisor, also a union representaive, acted more as an advocate for officers and less as an investigator.

John Urquhart, the current sheriff, wasn’t with the county at the time, but told the council, “I campaigned on fixing this and I have fixed this.”

Urquhart said he is implementing several policies for officer-involved shootings, including launching internal investigations at the same time any criminal investigations are under way. He’s also added high-tech shooting simulators as part of training.

“The issue isn’t whether we are reviewing shootings and use-of-force by deputies, because we are,” said Urquhart. “The issue is, are we doing a good job of it? And I don’t think we have in the past, so we need to fix that and we’re fixing that.”

Urquhart also told the council the DOC did not cooperate in the investigation, and that led the sheriff’s office to dissolve that partnership.

The DOC on Wednesday would only say it conducted its own review and found appropriate force was used.

But the lawyers for Theoharis are now filing a $20 million lawsuit against the DOC.

Business as usual.
post #199 of 6073
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Originally Posted by Nil View Post

Cops love their toys and will use them as often as possible no matter how unnecessary it is. I interned for a US Senator for awhile in college and helped write supporting statements for police departments' Homeland Security grant proposals. While some of them were for basic, fundamental equipment and training, a huge percentage were for SWAT toys for small town departments that probably haven't had any serious crime in years.

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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

Read more: http://q13fox.com/2013/07/10/shot-16-times-innocent-man-files-20-million-suit/#ixzz2Yr6mh0Sl
Business as usual.

Yep and with their new found friends at Homeland I'm sure they're being mentally masturbated into believing that no matter how badly they behave they'll be there for them. This is an extremely dangerous and manipulative way to empower incompetence.
post #200 of 6073
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Read more: http://q13fox.com/2013/07/10/shot-16-times-innocent-man-files-20-million-suit/#ixzz2Yr6mh0Sl
Business as usual.

Also they shot him 16 times while he was parked in bed and didn't manage to kill him. *tisk*
post #201 of 6073
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Also they shot him 16 times while he was parked in bed and didn't manage to kill him. *tisk*

They shot more than 20 times. That seems to be pretty good accuracy for cops.. even if it is a target lying in bed 5' away.
post #202 of 6073
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Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

What do you think makes him a loser?

If you're asking why I think he is a loser; Either he's posing as a revolutionist while fondling his self respect, I mean gun or he is a revolutionist fondling his gun. His appearance in the video seemed rather forced and showed no credible intent, implying the former.

Of course, this does mean I think the swat teams were overkill.
post #203 of 6073
New York City Pays $300K After Cops Beat Elderly Couple and Kill Their Dog


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HEAVILY ARMED police commandos battered a senior couple and killed their dog inside their Brooklyn home — and now the city will pay $300,000 to settle the case.
Breast cancer survivor Elaine McCarthy, now 71, was reading a Bible in her Canarsie bedroom, and partially paralyzed stroke victim Egbert Thomas, 73, was watching a John Wayne flick on TV when at least five Emergency Service Unit cops rammed through a basement door on Sept. 6, 2008, and began their rampage.
The cops — led by an officer who would later commit suicide after another allegation of excessive force, court papers show — weren’t in hot pursuit of a perp, which could have explained why they tossed the seniors aside like rag dolls.
In fact, the officers had a warrant only to collect evidence against the couple’s adult grandson, who had been arrested the previous day for having an illicit relationship with a teenage girlfriend.
After hearing the police barge in uninvited, McCarthy sent her 8-year-old granddaughter downstairs to check on the noise. The little girl dutifully reported back, “Grandma, the basement is full of police,” according to court papers.

McCarthy went to investigate, and a shotgun-toting cop promptly wrenched her arm behind her back. She was then handcuffed and thrown to the floor. She has had two surgeries on her shoulder and knee to repair the damage.
Thomas hadn’t heard the ruckus and was hobbling to the bathroom when he heard someone shout, “Hey, boy, where are you going?” court papers state.
Thomas was grabbed by his collar and flung to the floor. But an unidentified cop muttered “Oh, s--t!” when he realized the senior citizen was infirm and could not get up, according to Thomas’ deposition.
He suffered a broken arm.
“They could have just rang the bell, said they had a warrant and come in to take what they were looking for,” McCarthy told the Daily News. “They hurt two people for no reason. It was totally wrong.”

In addition, the couple’s pit bull, Trouble, was whacked by a cop with his heavy ballistic shield and died three days later.
"What happened to this elderly couple should not happen to anyone in this city, particularly its senior citizens," said Thomas and McCarthy's lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein.
The police raiders were led by Lt. Michael Pigott, who would make headlines three weeks after the Canarsie raid when he gave the order to Taser an emotionally disturbed man perched on the ledge of a Brooklyn building.
That man, Iman Morales, fell to his death, and Pigott committed suicide after police officials questioned his actions.
A city Law Department spokesman said the settlement with McCarthy and Thomas, which came last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, was “in the parties’ best interest.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/seniors-beaten-nypd-300g-article-1.1398632#ixzz2Z8xtn7j3

Judicious display of force on the Police Department's behalf, this couple is lucky the cops didn't roll in with flash bangs and tear gas.
post #204 of 6073
I think 300k is too little but they settled....
post #205 of 6073
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Originally Posted by taxgenius View Post

I think 300k is too little but they settled....

They probably don't have much time left so they took what they could get while they could. Old people are obviously worth a lot less.
post #206 of 6073
God that's the worst one yet. $300k makes me wonder if there's not more to the story, though.
post #207 of 6073
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

God that's the worst one yet. $300k makes me wonder if there's not more to the story, though.

Yeah, me too. They On the face of it they are sympathetic dream clients to a good PI Lawyer.

Way too little $$ recovery if the facts are as presented. Or there is stuff that is not being told.
post #208 of 6073
The cop committed suicide in relation to another case because he was such a piece of shit.

These are just two very old and sick people. Rather than fight the system for a decade for a $1 million they settled early for what is probably more money than they've seen in their entire lives.
post #209 of 6073
I can see the old people doing that, but the attorney must have had a payment due to his bookie to give up that much money.
post #210 of 6073
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

I can see the old people doing that, but the attorney must have had a payment due to his bookie to give up that much money.

That reminds me...
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